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NOW CLOSED Chessington World of Adventures VIP event day reviewer thread. Non testers: if you've ever been to Chessington tell us what you think to win a Chessington Annual family pass worth £240

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 28-Jun-13 16:08:01

This is a thread for the 10 Mumsnetters who attended the VIP family event day at Chessington. Thanks for going and we hope that you and your DCs had great day!

For those of you who didn't attend the VIP event day, if you/your family have been to Chessington World of Adventures please let us know your thoughts on the resort. What are your memories of days out at Chessington?
If you haven't been to Chessington before, what are your fave family days out? Everyone who adds a comment will be entered into a prize draw where one mner will win Chessington Annual family pass for a family of four worth £240.

VIP attendees:
Below are some questions for you to answer but do feel free to add any other comments you or your family may have.

Please remember to also write a review of your day on the MN review area here

- What was your, and your family's, overall experience of your day at Chessington?

- What did your children think about the Octonauts activities and exclusive meet and greet?

- Did you or your family go on the new ride ZUFARI: Ride into Africa? If so what did you/your DCs think about the ride?

- What were your/your DCs highlights of the day?

- Which, if any, attractions/ shows/ rides would you most recommend to parents with young children?

- Overall, would you recommend Chessington World of Adventures to your friends and family if it came up in conversation? If so, why? If not, why not?

- Do you think you'd be likely to revisit Chessington World of Adventures Resort again in the future? If so, why? If not why not?

Please also upload any photos of your family enjoying their day out at Chessington World of Adventures to this thread. Please note photos may be used by Chessington World of Adventures Resort on Facebook, their website and possibly on other marketing material.

Everyone who shares their thoughts on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a Chessington Annual family pass for a family of four worth £240!

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

PS. Chessington are in the process of creating a map especially for families with young children and they'd love to hear your thoughts on what you'd like to see included. If you want to get involved please PM me and we'll put you in touch.

woodchuck Fri 12-Jul-13 22:20:16

Non-tester, although we have been twice and stayed in the themed hotel next to the park both times (long drive from the North east! ). The first time we went was a very hot Easter weekend and we spent a couple of days/nights there so we could do london as well. We loved seeing the animals, found the hotel very comfortable and thought there was a good selection of rides for all the family, unlike Alton Towers which is very big kid/grown up oriented.

We went again last year and found oyur visit fairly disappointing. The hotel didn't seem as well maintained as previously, the queues were long, long, long and I had difficulty comprehending that some peopl had paid for express passes on top of the (not all that cheap) entrance fee.The rides were still good although some looked a bit shabby. there was a new live show 'Madagascar' which seemed to have no theme and was a bit pants. We really enjoyed the Sea Life bit.

I also witnessed a scene where a couple accompanying a disabled guest felt, for whatever reason, that they had been mistreated. They proceeded to yell racial slurs at passing families (no connection!) and were not challenged at all by the staff. i know this can happen anywhere, but hey ho...

I must qualify my review by explaining that we had returned from WDW Florida 2 months before, and I do believe this may have coloured my views over what a theme park should be. Mostly i did tutting and said 'Well, it's not Disney' under my breath frequently.

HystericalParoxysm Sat 13-Jul-13 12:02:58

Non tester here, but we have visited twice this season. Please, please could you improve facilities for disabled visitors. My DD is a full time wheelchair user and cannot walk unaided. A few years ago we used to be able to go on pretty much anything as long as we had enough carers to accompany her and we took responsibility for lifting etc. Now there is very little that we can use. The best rides for children with sensory impairments (Bubbleworks, Tomb Blaster, log flume etc) we are no longer allowed on at all. The sky train is hugely inaccessible due to all the steps. The little rides we did go on (sea storm, the Ferris wheel one, jumbos), the ride hosts were not particularly considerate and stopped the ride when we were a long way from our starting point, meaning I had to carry heavy DD much further than necessary. We used to be able to use the first aid centre for changing DD but now there is very little privacy offered in there -even with the screens- so we can't. One properly accessible toilet would be hugely beneficial. By properly accessible I mean with a changing bench and hoist, not a few grab rails. See the Changing Places toilets website for details.

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Jul-13 16:44:50

Hi everyone - thank you for your thoughts, the thread is now closed. I'm pleased to announce that KvassInTheNight is the winner!

thank you! Am really really pleased! <does a gwyneth all over the thread>

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